Mobile technology is quite simply fascinating. Our smart phones help keep us organized, promising personal assistants like Siri and Cortana, and can even tell us when our heart rate gets too high.
We now have virtual personal assistants in our home who can do everything from order pizza to playing our favorite music to setting a timer for dinner.
But, has all this technology really made our lives simpler? How has this mobile-movement affected our day to lives and is it really a positive? Is the ability to handle all things personal and professional via a smartphone or tablet our new best friend or angry foe?
In other words, are smartphones still making us dumb and insensitive? Is this constant connection to the internet helping or hindering us a species?
We no longer have to look at our phones to read texts or emails because now our watches sync directly with our phones and give us all the needed information. From business connecting to their consumers, to consumers getting through their daily activities, we seem to have lost that face-to-face contact we as human beings need to survive.
Students can now Google anything they need for a paper, exam, or project and while that is helpful, does that information actually stick? Business owners can mimick business plans with just one click, and parents can stalk their kids on every social media channel possible.
The thing with mobile technology is that we need to be safe and we need to teach safe practices, especially to our youth. Being mobile now means 24/7 access to things like Social Media which has caused a huge uprise in cyberbullying. While it is funny to laugh at someone’s expense, it does not need to be blasted all over Facebook.
The truth is, we needed this mobile movement in order to keep up with our fast-paced life. We just need to throw caution into the wind on how we use it, how often, and when.